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Finland - November 13, 2019

The Finnish Postal workers union (PAU) has announced a strike from November 11-24, 2019. Some transport trade unions have announced to support the strike.

An embargo has been declared for both inbound and outbound airmail. The Office of Exchange will not be able to operate during the strike period. This information applies to letter, EMS and parcel mail.

Mail deliveries injected by road are working but may incur delays. Click for further information.

Israel - November 13, 2019

The designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company, has reported that interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail (letter-post, parcels and EMS items) in the south and center of Israel are to be expected as a result of the security situation in those regions.

Australia - November 12, 2019

Bush fires have impacted Australia Post operations in the following QLD and NSW post codes:
There will also be no deliveries to residents in Taree until further notice.
At this time, our normal operations are to continue to receive and process your packages destined to Australia. Packages will be transported to Australia and held until informed by Australia Post that delivery services have resumed. We will continue to keep you posted.

United Kingdom - November 5, 2019

Royal Mail Potential Strike During Christmas Season

On October 15, 2019, Royal Mail workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of striking, with a turnout of nearly 76% of Communication Workers Union (CWU) members who backed the action by 97%. The dispute, which is over job security and employment terms and conditions, increases the threat of industrial action leading up to Christmas, and potentially the first national postal strike in a decade. Strike action is threatened for unspecified dates across the Christmas period, with concerns of a strike during Black Friday which would cause millions of packages to be undelivered.

In an effort to avoid nationwide strikes over the peak holiday season, Royal Mail made a plea to CWU bosses to restart talks. Royal Mail offered to enter into discussions “without preconditions”, if the CWU provided a “binding commitment” to remove the threat of walkouts over the holidays.

Yesterday, Royal Mail announced that the CWU had rejected its offer aimed at avoiding strike action for the rest of the year. The CWU has not yet set a date for any strike.

For automatic updates from the Royal Mail about service issues, you can sign up for their email alerts. Asendia USA will continue to monitor this situation and will update customers regarding any significant developments.

Chile - September 17, 2019

Chile will celebrate patriotic holidays on September 18, 19 and 20, 2019.  Customs will be closed on September 18 and 19 and no shipments will be cleared.  On September 20, shipments can be received, but will not be cleared until Monday, September 23, 2019.

Mexico - September 17, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 is a public holiday in Mexico and therefore no clearances or mail and package deliveries will be made.

United States - September 3, 2019

As reported by the USPS, Hurricane Dorian is bringing high winds and heavy rain to the southeast coast of Florida, and is also expected to impact Georgia, the Carolinas, and southeast Virginia over the coming days. For more information on disruptions to mail service in your area, please visit https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/

Hong Kong - June 14, 2019

The designated operator of Hong Kong, China, Hongkong Post, owing to a public event resulting in a blockage of streets in major areas of Hong Kong on  June 12, 2019, the night- and daytime processing of all inbound, outbound and local mail was seriously affected. Quality of service for all types of inbound and outbound mail (EMS, parcels and letter mail) has therefore been affected. The impact is expected to last for a few days.

Israel - May 14, 2019

Further to EmIS message May 6, 2019, the designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company, would like to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that all postal operations are now back to normal.

Israel - May 7, 2019

The designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, due to the security situation, there have been interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail (letter post, parcels and EMS) in the south of Israel since Saturday, May 4, 2019.